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Farming

Cows the moojority

dairy cow Waimakariri residents are outnumbered by dairy cows - but they haven't won yet, say experts.

Embryo transplant success

A new bull calf from Canadian stock, born only a few hours before. 6:36am New genetics from Canada of milking shorthorns through embryo transfer are in a Manawatu calf shed.

Food tech milestone

 Food technologist and developer Hayden Pohio 6:37am A food technologist was handing around samples of his manuka honey bars at a seminar to celebrate 50 years of food technology at Massey University.

Marine farm to go ahead

oyster A contentious Stewart Island marine farm has been given the green light.

Top friesian is approaching 13

Holstein Friesian cow 6:37am Levin farmers have won the 2014 Valden Cow of the Year.

Opinion poll

Are farmers right in demanding heavier penalties for those caught rustling?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Farmers demand beefing up of rustling laws

The small few affecting all

A file photo of dirty dairying. A small minority of dairy farmers who did not take a responsible view on caring for the environment are holding the rest of the industry back.

Ignored roads need funds

The state of rural roads is in dire need of attention and could well be a political football leading into the elections.

Greens' farming fears

Carbon tax 'udderly useless'

A brave new world

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Upbeat over tech future

When Nick and Anita Jurgens talk about their farming future, son Zander is at the forefront of their thoughts.

Tailor made forecasting

Invention sold out in days

Sculpture's timely entry

A farmer's history as a hoarder proves a useful talent in visual arts.

Cows the moojority

dairy cow Waimakariri residents are outnumbered by dairy cows - but they haven't won yet, say experts.

They found their mojo

A couple who had lost their passion for farming find their mojo through a project established by DairyNZ.

Secrets of success

Cows like to be cool, too

Top friesian is approaching 13

Levin farmers have won the 2014 Valden Cow of the Year.

Beet great news for beef

Fodder beet A Lincoln University academic says use of a fodder beet crop is great news for beef cattle farmers.

A lot of bull set for Waikato

It's a record-priced bovine that is, in the words of its purchaser, "the complete bull".

Limousin takes top honours

Little-known breed attracts fans

Embryo transplant success

New genetics from Canada of milking shorthorns through embryo transfer are in a Manawatu calf shed.

Sheep name suppression in vet case

Sheep Far from the farm, an Auckland hearing deliberates on the plight of a now-dead pregnant ewe.

Vigilance urged as more sheep killed

At least 15 sheep have been killed on another North Otago farm, just days after close to 200 sheep were killed on a nearby property.

Intestines do a runner

Amazing response

Sheep massacres linked?

Police issue warning to farmers after two sheep mass killings involving firearms. | Vet charged over pet sheep's treatment

Soil mapping tech steps forward

Smart Ag Solutions general manager Seaun Lovell Four cropping farmers were so smitten with the precision of a soil sampling machine that they brought it back with them from the US.

Grower lauds 'wonder fuel'

Sugar beet touted as the new wonder fuel by grower who is now harvesting sugar beet for the dairy market.

Apple exporter seeks new money

Funds boost for NZ avocados

Maize options highlighted

Maize silage is the cheapest option for dairy farmers to add extra feed to cows, a supplier says.

Food tech milestone

 Food technologist and developer Hayden Pohio A food technologist was handing around samples of his manuka honey bars at a seminar to celebrate 50 years of food technology at Massey University.

Marine farm to go ahead

A contentious Stewart Island marine farm has been given the green light.

Planning for a successful succession

Floods hit farms hard

High-country plan deferred again

A decision to high-country development to become a permitted activity is likely to be deferred to October.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

Quad bike safety That trusty quad should command respect from its users if it is to be operated safely.

Keep watch on running costs

Farmers owe it to themselves to be level-headed about their debt and tuck away some of their earnings each year for a rainy or dry day.

Wage change eases pain

Beet caution urged

Drought planning pays off

Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.